E. Montanari

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PURPOSE In industrialized countries the prevalence of upper urinary tract stones has continually increased during the 20th century, but there are considerable differences between countries and also within the same country. To study whether there is still an increase in the frequency of renal stones, an investigation was undertaken to determine the(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE To assess the feasibility and efficacy of percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) in patients with spinal deformities. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between 1999 and 2008, eight patients (nine renal units) with spinal deformities underwent 10 PCNLs. Mean stone burden was 372 mm(2) (160-840 mm(2)). Preoperative investigation of the respiratory(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this article is to evaluate in vivo the chemical composition of urinary stones using dual-source and dual-energy CT, with crystallography as the reference standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS Forty patients (mean [± SD] age, 49 ± 17 years) with known or suspected nephrolithiasis underwent unenhanced abdominal CT for urinary tract(More)
PURPOSE We describe a select group of asymptomatic patients with fragments and dust 3 months after extracorporeal treatment, who were followed to evaluate the long-term outcome and therapeutic implications. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 129 patients with dust and residual fragments (less than 4 mm.) at 3 months was re-examined at 12 months, and 95 were(More)
This paper discusses a self-consistent set of modern computational concepts providing an effective approach to the circuit-level harmonic-balance (HB) simulation of nonlinear microwave systems of complex topology. The system is automatically split into the interconnection of a near-optimal number of nonlinear blocks at run time. The resulting structure is(More)
Little attention has been paid by the renal literature to ureteral endometriosis, a rare and silent disorder that can eventually lead to renal failure. In endometriosis, the ureteral involvement can be limited to a single ureter, more often the left one, or both ureters with consequent urine tract obstruction and ureterohydronephrosis. In most cases, the(More)
The safety and short-term effectiveness of percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) and extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) have already been well established. However, long-term follow-up studies are essential to prove that the recurrence rate after PCNL and/or ESWL is equal or even better than that of surgery. We reviewed 57 patients treated with ESWL(More)
A computer-based pre- and post-operative analysis of total hip replacement (THR) is presented. The analysis was performed by using and innovative combination of X-ray measurements and gait analysis. The several important biomechanical factors that affect effective THR are analysed in a test clinical case of conversion of hip fusion into THR. Geometrical(More)
INTRODUCTION High phosphate levels are associated with unfavorable outcomes in ESRD. Recent data suggested that phosphate levels within the normal range are equally associated with poor outcomes in the community and CKD stage 3 - 4. Several concept papers support the potential role of phosphate load as a first-line toxin in the beginning of CKD-MBD(More)
PURPOSE We investigate further the recurrence rate and risk factors for recurrence in 300 consecutive patients who presented to our stone clinic after a first stone episode 7 to 17 years ago. MATERIALS AND METHODS The medical records of the patients who presented consecutively with a first stone episode from 1980 to 1990 were studied and supplemented by a(More)